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Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology


  • Katie Boland
Graduate certificate: emerging infectious disease epidemiology
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Emerging infectious diseases increasingly are recognized as global and regional issues. Some infectious diseases are controlled effectively with the help of modern technology. But new diseases—such as SARS, West Nile, and avian influenza virus infections—appear frequently, and older ones, including malaria, tuberculosis, and bacterial pneumonia, are now appearing in forms that are resistant to drug treatments. All of them have the potential to seriously affect human and animal health as well as economies locally and worldwide. They pose novel and unceasing challenges for professionals in health care, government, and private agencies.

The College of Public Health offers the Certificate in Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology. It has a required on-campus component (summer), but the remaining work may be done either on campus or by distance education.

Graduate Program of Study

  • Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

The certificate program provides basic information and training related to infectious diseases. It is designed for a broad range of individuals, including graduate students, international public health professionals, laboratory professionals, physicians, nurses, veterinarians, and medical technologists.


The Certificate in Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology requires 12 s.h. of graduate credit. Completion of the certificate is noted on the student's transcript.

Three of the certificate's required courses must be completed on campus: EPID:5570 (173:157) Zoonotic Diseases, EPID:5580 (173:158) Public Health Laboratory Techniques, and EPID:5590 (173:159) Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology. The remaining courses may be completed on campus or by distance education.

Students must complete the certificate's required course work within five years of entering the program and must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.75 in work toward the certificate. Students who are admitted to the Master of Public Health program after they complete the certificate may count a maximum of 9 s.h. of certificate work toward credit required for the M.P.H. Those working concurrently toward the certificate and another graduate degree may apply a maximum of 3 s.h. of certificate work toward credit required for their degree program.

The Certificate in Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology requires the following course work.

All of these (6 s.h.):

EPID:5570 (173:157) Zoonotic Diseases2-3 s.h.
EPID:5580 (173:158) Public Health Laboratory Techniques1 s.h.
EPID:5590 (173:159) Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology2 s.h.

Two of these (6 s.h.):

BIOS:5110 (171:161) Introduction to Biostatistics3 s.h.
EPID:4400 (173:140) Epidemiology I: Principles3 s.h.
EPID:5550 (173:155) Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology3 s.h.
OEH:4240 (175:197) Global Environmental Health3 s.h.

Applicants to the certificate program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and must have a g.p.a. of at least 2.75 (or foreign equivalent). For more information about the program and how to apply, visit the Certificate in Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology web site.